A look at the scores and stats after round three of the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions, where Gary Woodland continues to lead by three strokes.
The 34-year old Kansan got off to a strong start on Saturday at Kapalua with a birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 9 to turn in 33 and reach 15 under. But after a five-hole stretch of four pars and a bogey, Woodland found himself tied for the lead with Rory McIlroy at 14 under. He picked up the pace down the stretch, though – highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 15th and a closing birdie on No. 18 to reach 17 under, good enough to maintain a three-shot lead.
In terms of stats, Woodland has been good at pretty much everything this week – leading the field with 20 birdies, while ranking 3rd in driving accuracy (39 of 45) and 4th in both greens-hit (46 of 54) and putts per GIR (1.696).
His playing partner for Sunday’s final round will be Rory McIlroy who shot a bogey-free 68 on moving day to reach 14 under. The Northern Irishman has been deadly accurate into greens this week, hitting a field-best 48 of 54, but has been less so off the tee, where he’s ranked 30th (in a field of 33).
Through 54 holes, Woodland leads the field in overall accuracy, as he’s hit 85 of 99 targets, good for a 85.9% hit-rate, edging Justin Thomas who’s at 84.8% with 84 target hits.
Of the six (6) players who’ve hit at least 80% of their total targets through 54 holes, all are well in the red and sit in the top-35 percentile in the standings.
1. Gary Woodland – 85/99, 85.9% (-17, 1)
2. Justin Thomas – 84/99, 84.8% (-10, T6)
3. Ian Poulter – 83/99, 83.8% (-6, T13)
4. Xander Schauffele – 81/99, 81.8% (-12, T4)
5. Jon Rahm – 80/99, 80.8% (-9, T8)
5. Charles Howell III – 80/99, 80.8% (-6, T13)
The least accurate ball striker thus far has been Michael Kim who has hit barely half of his targets (53 of 99, 27 of 45 fairways and just 26 of 54 greens), resulting in a paltry 53.3% total-hit clip. Kim sits T31 at 4-over par.
2019 SENTRY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
ROUND-3 SCORES AND STATS